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Jane Yolen’s Piggins Strikes Again!

He's back again—that popular porcine puzzle-solver, Piggins, the very proper butler in the Reynard household.

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Fats here.

A few weeks ago, I featured Piggins, a very smart and reliable pig who works as a butler for Mr. and Mrs. Reynard. I found a couple more books that Jane Yolen wrote about Piggins. Check them out below!

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Written by Jane Yolen
Illustrated by Jane Dyer
Published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers (1988)
ISBN-13: 978-0152616878
A Junior Library Guild selection
Copy provided by Conneaut Carnegie Public Library.

From the dust jacket: He’s back again—that popular porcine puzzle-solver, Piggins, the very proper butler in the Reynard household. What dastardly member of the royal wedding party has stolen the ring right before the wedding? Is it Lord Molesly the best man? Is it one of the groomsmen? Is it a palace guard? Or is it Rexy Reynard, the ring bearer, who was holding the ring on a pillow just before it disappeared?

All books in the Piggins series start and end the same way: a look into the Reynard household, showing what each person is doing. The story begins and ends with Piggins trit-trotting up and down the lower common area for the servants. This book was simpler in terms of the plot. A royal wedding was about to take place but the ring had disappeared! When Rexy was accused of stealing the ring and Inspector Bayswater could not figure out what happened, two police officers fetched Piggins from the Reynards to help them solve the case. The solution was rather too quick and seemed to have strayed away from the presentation of clues. Overall, a good quick read.

piggins2

Written by Jane Yolen
Illustrated by Jane Dyer
Published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers (1988)
ISBN-13:  978-0152615352
A Junior Library Guild selection
A Book-of-the-Month Club selection

Copy provided by Hudson Library and Historical Society.

From the dust jacket: What could be better than a good mystery? It has been a delightful afternoon until—CRASH! SPLASH! Rexy, one of the Reynard kits, disappears, leaving only baffling clues: A hat floating in the stream… A fishing pole in two pieces… A walking stick left on the riverbank… Only Piggins can decipher the curious ransom note and unravel the puzzle—to uncover the biggest surprise of the day.

I enjoyed reading this more than the previous book. No picnic is ever boring when Piggins is around—that’s for sure! I like how this book has the same format as the first book in the series. There’s nothing like a good unraveling of a mystery! This particular story is sort of like a tribute to the beloved butler of the Reynard household. The revelation in the end was simply wonderful; it made me smile.

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1 comment on “Jane Yolen’s Piggins Strikes Again!

  1. We don’t have Piggins here (at least I don’t think we have). Huhuhu. Great post, as always!

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